Dan and Justy Down Under


March 6, 2005


Byron Bay and Australia's most Easterly point has charm and character, and possibly a thief right on the main parking lot! If that is true, we fell for it. The top parking lot by the awesome lighthouse had a 'guard' demanding a $6 fee. Without loud objections from theman, I paid it and parked. There, a walkway leads you out to the rocks, which are clearly the most easterly point of the continent. You could see the land recessed north and south. THis is a great spot for whale and dolphin spotting, as a few very excited female tourists proclaimed. At full lung strength 'aww mai gawwd...whaaaaaalllleeeeeeee!'. Most likely it was a dolphin, not the right season, but still exciting!

Byron Bay is also the home to backpackers and surfers galore. The main street has the charm of woodstock meets the california coast. Very earthy, but also poppy and young. Full of 'billabong' merchandise.

After a divine 1/2 liter mango margarita and a taco salad at a mexican restaurant playing (to Dan's divine pleasure) extreme ski and board videos, we went on a date. To the movies! We saw the House Of Flying Daggers. You know, great visuals, twisting plot line, submissive asian female character, but still no tiger. Great night nonetheless!

Itinerary Highlights
January 20: Winery Tour
21-23: Moreton Bay Diving
25: Australia Zoo
26-30: Lady Elliot Island
February 13: Diving the Yongala
15-17: Cape Tribulation + Daintree Rain Forest
17-20: Atherton Tablelands
22-28: Coral Sea Diving Liveaboard
March 11-13: OzTek Dive Conference: Sydney
14: Fly to New Zealand
20: Poor Knights Islands Diving
31: Mt. Cook
April 2-4: Queenstown
TBD: To Be Dreamed

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